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True Food Taste Tests

True Food Taste Tests
Three times each school year, all interested elementary and middle school gets to particitipate in our True Food Taste Tests--which expose students to new, flavorful recipes and encourage them to think critically about their food. With help from student leaders, staff and community volunteers, taste tests are conducted during lunch in the fall, winter and spring. Learn more in this Taste Test One-Pager.
2017-2018 Taste Tests
Students and staff had the opportunity to try....
  • Kid Kimchi

  • Moroccan Freekeh

  • Chana Masala 

These recipes featured Farm to School produce, local grains, and organic spices. Check out the recipes HERE
Interested in becoming a taste test volunteer?
We love help from community volunteers for our True Food Taste Tests! Taste Test happen during lunch, so volunteers typically need to be availble between 10:30am and 1:30pm. If you are interested in being added to our volunteer email list, please email
Recipe Ingredients and instructions 
Poster You might see these hanging up at taste test schools!
Outreach Language Copy and paste a sample newsletter blurb, PA announcement, and more! 
Math/Science Worksheet Themed lessons tied to the taste test item 
English/Social Studies Worksheet Themed lessons tied to the taste test item 
Everything You Need to Know  A cheat-sheet for schools and volunteers about the taste test 
In November, students taste tests a KID KIMCHI--made with locally sourced kohlrabi, purple daikon radishes, and carrots. This kimchi didn't have your normal "Minnesota nice" spice, but MPS students proved themselves to be adventurous taste testers and many students were asking for more! Read the Star Tribune's ARTICLE to learn more about this recent taste test. 
“It’s really meant to be exposing our students to new flavors and creating a positive environment where they can be adventurous eaters and take risks, and just think really critically about what they’re eating,” said Kate Seybold, the district’s Farm to School coordinator.
Thank you to the Wedge and Linden Hills Co-op for sponsoring our True Food Taste Tests!
“I love that it introduces real foods to the kids-it's a fun way to engage with the kids about healthy eating and creative thinking."
"I appreciate the opportunity for kids to try things they may not have a chance to at home. One of the students tried it, and told me he was thinking of going to a culinary school to be a chef, so he wants to try all different foods."
"It was a fun, simple way to introduce new flavors to the kids, and it was very low-stakes, so the kids felt comfortable accepting or declining the new food item."
Check out the Taste Test Archive for info on our past taste tests.
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